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Wrestlers vs WFI Live – WFI President Brij Bhushan to STEP DOWN?: Under fire over sexual harassment allegations, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has again called for PRESS CONFERENCE in Gonda today at 4PM. News reports are claiming that WFI Chief can resign today. InsideSport though has learnt that the resignation will only happen on 22nd January in Ayodhaya. The country’s top grapplers are threatening to lodge a police complaint against Singh if he doesn’t resign by today evening. WFI has called for Emergerncy Executive Meeting in Ayodhya. Protesting Wrestling will again meet sports minister Anurag Thakur today: Follow Wrestlers Protest LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN.

Wrestlers Protest DAY 3: Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia and several other sportsmen will continue their PROTEST against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh at Jantar Mantar TODAY. This is day three of the stir.

The development comes hours after Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur met the protesting wrestlers at his Delhi home. The Olympic wrestlers, protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, demanded the WFI chief’s resignation and also wanted that the federation be disbanded.

Late on Thursday, top Indian wrestlers met Thakur. However, the meeting remained inconclusive as they refused to back down from their demand that the government immediately disband WFI.

The marathon meeting began around 10 pm on Thursday. The wrestlers left Thakur’s residence at 1:45 am and did not speak to the reporters waiting outside.

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Where is WFI Chief? Singh left for Gonda early Thursday morning from his official 21 Ashoka Road residence. He will attend a private function and will remain stationed there until Sunday morning before heading to Ayodhya.

The WFI office situated inside his residence has also been locked temporarily owing to security reasons.

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Wrestlers Protest LIVE: Earlier in the day, champion wrestler and BJP leader Babita Phogat arrived at the protest site at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Wrestlers continued their sit-in protest for the second day demanding action against the WFI chief and other officials.

“I have assured them that the government is with them. I will try that their issues are resolved today,” Babita Phogat said after addressing the gathering.

“I stand with all my fellow players in this matter of wrestling. I assure all of you that I will work to raise this issue with the government at every level, and the future will be decided the way players feel right,” tweeted Babita Phogat. She is a deputy director in the Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Department and a former wrestler.

For the second day, Bajrang Punia, Sakshee Malikkh, and Vinesh Phogat, among others gathered at the Jantar Mantar. Other wrestlers also joined them.

Notably, Vinesh Phogat had previously alleged that coaches who are favourites of the WFI misbehave with women and harass them. She also accused the wrestling federation chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexually harassing girls. She also alleged that Brij Bushan called her a ‘khota sikka’ after her defeat at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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Vinesh, the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in both Commonwealth and Asian Games. She alleged, “Coaches are harassing women and some coaches, who are favourites of the Federation, misbehave with women coaches as well. They sexually harass girls. The WFI president has sexually harassed many girls.”

Earlier on Wednesday, wrestlers also accused WFI of mismanagement in the functioning. The Sports Ministry has sought an explanation from WFI and directed it to furnish a reply within the next 72 hours.

The Ministry has further stated that it will proceed to initiate action against WFI if it doesn’t reply within 72 hours. Sports Ministry can initiate action and stop funding under provisions of the National Sports Development Code, 2011.

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What did Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh say? – WFI president said wrestlers, who made allegations of sexual harassment against coaches, should have approached the Federation earlier. The WFI president said that 97 per cent of wrestlers are with the BFI and those protesting were pressured into it.

He denied any incident of sexual harassment, claiming that if such an incident ever happened, he will hang himself.

“There has been no incident of sexual harassment. If such a thing has happened, then I will hang myself. Sexual harassment is a big allegation. How can I take action when my own name has been dragged into this? I am ready for an investigation,” WFI president said, adding that he is ready for an investigation.

“97 per cent of players are with the WFI. I am hurt by the sexual harassment allegations. Not a single player can bring such charges against me or the chief coach. Some wrestlers were pressured to sit on a dharna,” Singh said.

He claimed that star wrestler Vinesh Phogat had demanded a few days back that the chief coach should be changed, but coaches cannot be changed on the whims of a player.

“A few days ago, in a meeting, Vinesh (Phogat) demanded that chief coach be changed. A coach can’t be changed on the whims and fancies of one player. We have to think about players from other states as well. They should have come with names of the coaches, who they claimed are involved in sexual harassment, earlier,” Bhushan told ANI.

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